Always Running - Luis J. Rodriguez

Always Running

By Luis J. Rodriguez

  • Release Date: 2012-06-12
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 47 Ratings


The award-winning memoir of life in an LA street gang from the acclaimed Chicano author and former Los Angeles Poet Laureate: “Fierce, and fearless” (The New York Times).
Luis J. Rodríguez joined his first gang at age eleven. As a teenager, he witnessed the rise of some of the most notorious cliques in Southern California. He grew up knowing only a life of violence—one that revolved around drugs, gang wars, and police brutality. But unlike most of those around him, Rodríguez found a way out when art, writing, and political activism gave him a new path—and an escape from self-destruction.
Always Running spares no detail in its vivid, brutally honest portrayal of street life and violence, and it stands as a powerful and unforgettable testimonial of gang life by one of the most acclaimed Chicano writers of his generation.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Luis J. Rodríguez including rare images from the author’s personal collection.


  • Great book

    By Amber Hunt
    I had to read this book for a school report. But in all honesty this book was acceptable. I actually enjoyed the book. At first I thought it was just a school book but by the 2nd chapter I was hooked and it actually made me think about how the streets are no joke
  • Thank u!

    By laughyfl0r
    Read this when I was about 15 multiple times! Love this book! Really helped me see the darkness in the gang life and pushed me to be the opposite. Because of this book I chose my career and with an open mind and heart I work to help youth such as those described in this book make better choices. Thank you Mr. Rodriguez for sharing your struggles with us!
  • Student

    By Drake 97
    Easily one of the best books I have ever read. It was a summer reading book I actually enjoyed. It made me understand the struggles, defeats, triumphs, and once again defeats Luis Rodriguez had to endure during his time spent in the barrio. It's great and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a real first-hand experience of a gang member and future journalist/change enthusiast.
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